Cox's gem vs. Roanoke salvages split for softball

Kayley Cox in the windup.

Lynchburg, Va. -- Behind a complete-game gem from freshman right-hander Kayley Cox (Yorktown, Va.), the Lynchburg College softball team rebounded from a Game 1 loss to split Saturday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader with visiting Roanoke. The Maroons took the opener, 12-7, before Cox's dominant performance led to a 2-0 LC win in the nightcap.

Cox went the distance in her third win of the season, scattering three hits and two walks and striking out four RC hitters in her first-career shutout.

Junior catcher Brittany Coffey (Manassas, Va.) amassed four hits on the day, including an RBI single in Game 2.

Sophomore left fielder Carol Oberhelman (Washington Township, N.J.) slugged a grand slam for Lynchburg in the opener, and junior third baseman Taylor Mabry (Bassett, Va.) also homered in Game 1.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Game 1 Final: Roanoke 12, Lynchburg 7

Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 2, Roanoke 0

Records: Lynchburg (22-10, 8-6 ODAC), Roanoke (21-13, 8-4 ODAC)

Venue: Moon Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Game 1

  • The opening matchup featured a multitude of scoring, beginning with Roanoke's two-run rally in the first inning. Lynchburg promptly tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the first when Mabry belted a two-run blast over the center field fence.

  • The Maroons retook the lead with a run in the second and extended the lead to 5-2 after six innings as RC starter Emily Salsberry pitched out of several jams, including a bases-loaded, no-out complex in the fifth.

  • Roanoke broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the seventh for a 12-2 lead.

  • Lynchburg surged back, plating five in the bottom half, but the rally stopped there. Sophomore designated player Sarah Commons (Glen Allen, Va.) drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the first before Oberhelman launched the grand slam to left.

  • Junior right-hander Taylor Belknap (Arden, N.C.), one of five LC pitchers in the game, took the loss. Hornet pitching didn't receive much help from behind as the LC defense committed a season-high five errors, resulting in four unearned Roanoke runs.

Game 2

  • The nightcap proved the polar opposite as both pitchers, Lynchburg's Cox and RC's Teresa Wagner, were on their game.

  • Lynchburg notched the only runs of the contest in the bottom of the second. Sophomore shortstop Kayla Hugate (Chesterfield, Va.) led off the frame with a single -- the first of two singles for her in the game -- and sped around to score from first on Commons' double down the left-field line. After a bunt moved Commons to third, Coffey drove her in with an opposite-field hit of her own.

  • That was all the run support Cox and the Hornet defense would need. The freshman faced just two over the minimum, making use of three double plays to erase Maroon baserunners.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will take a break from ODAC play in the midweek, heading to Averett on Tuesday, April 17 for a 2 p.m. twinbill.

--LC--

Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
at NCAA Division III Championships
E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Ky.
Sat Nov 23
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Nov 24
at Randolph-Macon Invitational -- Day 2
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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Fri Nov 08
Final
87 Lynchburg
78 vs. Albertus Magnus
@ Hood College, Frederick, Md. MMI Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 09
Final
62 Lynchburg
75 at Hood
MMI Tip-Off Championship
Wed Nov 13
Final
88 Lynchburg
68 at N.C. Wesleyan
Sat Nov 16
Final
69 Hampden-Sydney
74 vs. Methodist
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Nov 16
Final
80 Pfeiffer
91 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Nov 17
Final
99 Hampden-Sydney
108 vs. Pfeiffer
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Nov 17
Final
69 Methodist
93 vs. Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4
Fri Nov 22
5:30 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
@ Newport News, Va. CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 1
Sat Nov 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
CAC/ODAC Challenge - Game 4
Sun Dec 01
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Sat Dec 07
2:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 11
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Jan 01
2:00 PM
William Peace
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Jan 04
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Jan 08
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
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Sun Nov 10
Final
60 Meredith
81 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Nov 12
Final
39 Lynchburg
70 at Averett
Fri Nov 15
Final
39 Lynchburg
52 at Emory
Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic (Game Played at Agnes Scott)
Sat Nov 16
Final
64 Colorado Col.
76 vs. Lynchburg
@ Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Emory Holiday Inn Tip Off Classic
Wed Nov 20
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hollins
Mon Nov 25
7:00 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Dec 04
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Dec 07
4:30 PM
Emory & Henry
vs. Lynchburg
CODE RED Game
Fri Dec 20
4:00 PM
Hood
vs. Lynchburg
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Sat Dec 21
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Marymount (Va.)
@ Daytona Beach, Fla. Daytona Beach Shootout
Thu Jan 02
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sat Jan 04
4:30 PM
Johns Hopkins
vs. Lynchburg
Tue Jan 07
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
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Wed Oct 02
Final - 2OT
2 Lynchburg
2 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final - 2OT
3 Lynchburg
3 at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Lynchburg
4 at No. 6 Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
Final
1 East. Mennonite
3 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
Final
1 Shenandoah
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
Final - OT
0 Guilford
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Nov 03
Final
0 Randolph-Macon
2 vs. Lynchburg
Match 3 - ODAC Quarterfinal
Fri Nov 08
Final - PK Away
2 Lynchburg
2 at Hampden-Sydney
Match 6 - ODAC Semifinal
Sat Nov 09
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 vs. No. 11 Washington and Lee
@ Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden Sydney, Va. Match 8 - ODAC Championship
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No Event
No Event
Sat Oct 05
Final
0 Bridgewater (Va.)
4 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
Final
1 Randolph
5 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
Final
5 Lynchburg
0 at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
Final
3 Lynchburg
0 at Ferrum
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 16
Final
0 Sweet Briar
9 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
Final
2 Roanoke
1 vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Thu Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
4 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Moved from Oct. 23
Sun Oct 27
Final
1 Lynchburg
2 at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
Final
2 Lynchburg
1 at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
Final - OT
2 Va. Wesleyan
1 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night | CODE RED Match
Mon Nov 04
Final
0 East. Mennonite
4 vs. Lynchburg
Match 1 - ODAC First Round
Wed Nov 06
Final
1 Lynchburg
4 at No. 14 Randolph-Macon
Match 2 - ODAC Quarterfinals
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